Monday, March 14, 2011

First Spring Planting Day of 2011

This past Saturday was our first Spring Planting Day of 2011 and the day could not have been more perfect. After a 4 month hiatus from garden activity, it was so nice to get back into the gardening routine and see so many familiar faces and new ones. To top it off, the weather was amazing!

I mentioned a few announcements at the Spring Planting Day that I wanted to mention here as well. First, we have a slightly new look at the garden, as we were able to get the outside of the garden, closest to the road, landscaped for "curb appeal." Many community gardens are not well know for their aesthetics, so we are blessed to get some help in this area (see below)!

Next, we have also put in an order to get our garden storage unit wrapped, adding an awning on the front. This will also increase the curb appeal and allow a bit of shade for us on hot summer days.

Amidst much fuss trying to create home-made permanent plot markers, we have commissioned Ryan Galloway, the local artist down the street, to create metal weather-proof garen plot markers for our plots. We are going to maintain the alphabet theme and will paint them ourselves. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact me!

Finally, we are in the midst of adding a new addition to our gardening team. Thanks to a grant applied for through the Bon Secours Mission Fund, we will soon have a person to support the St. Francis Communtiy Gardening efforts part time. This Sustainability Specialist will be skilled in vegetable gardening, organization, and community relationship building. We are currently interviewing qualified individuals and hope to have a person hired by the end of the month/beginning of next. We will keep everyone posted on our new addition:)
Our next Sprouting Saturday will be March 26th at 9:00am. See you then!